“Once I’ve put my bag on my own peg, it is ‘Mōrena Everyone’ and I look around to see my friends doing their favourite things like playdough, dancing, painting, cars and reptiles. I usually choose the cars to play with. Once everyone is here, we have whānau time were we sing waiata songs and kanikani dance together, then te wāpakiwaitara story time together. Usually someone’s parent stays for the morning and we all get to say morēnato them. Then we talk about the plan for the day and then for me it’s straight out to the playground because I love being outside!
Outside there is lots of space to run, swing from the monkey bars, zoom around the bike track and on sunny days, we even get the hose out to make a big pond in the sandpit.
We always say karakia mo te kai and wash our hands before morning tea and then we all sit down together. The Kaiako have got this cool tool that turns our apples curly wurly! Mmm, curly wurly apples are taaaasty.
My Kaiako ask me what I would like to do, so sometimes we end up in the garden or my friends and I might dress up and do a performance together on the big stage. If I’m a bit tired I like snuggling into the couch and reading books.
When I was younger I went home at lunch time but now that I am older I stay until 3.30 with the other children We help set the tables and then eat our lunch together.
In the afternoon the Kaiako help us with special projects. Sometimes we look on YouTube to find out about what we’re doing and then we come up with our own plan. I’ve made cushions, planted sunflowers, sewed a shape and made pizza! We have so much fun. We also like going for walks in our neighborhood".